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  1. Hi everyone, @Enzo the Magnificent advised me recently of a company that makes 3D printed figure models. They are based here in the South West and produce figures to a decent quality and currently produce figures for the model railway sector, although many of them can be matched to general civilian settings, with scaling at N gauge (1:148), OO gauge (1:76) and O gauge (1:43). They also have a 3D print download facility, whereby we can buy STL files of the figures to print ourselves. A purchase of a download figure gives three STL files, all of the same figure, one at 1:76, one at 1:43 and one at full size. Being STL files, each of these can be re-scaled and; therefore, can be printed at 1:144, 1:72, 1:35 or any scale of your choice. I mentioned that they are primarily a railway modellers supplier but I have been in discussions with them for a few weeks now about this. Basically, they just weren't aware of the vast untapped market in non-railway subjects and they are very much open to diversifying to our types of subjects. As such, I have been asked to investigate what our members would be looking for them to produce. They make both ready printed models as well as downloadable STL files, and this is the latest response from them: Hi Mike, Yes we are predominantly railway related at the moment. However, we are looking to broaden our sectors especially in the military range. We also really appreciate you sharing our name to other friends etc. We are currently in negotiations with the MOD for a licensing agreement. However, this doesn't stop us from creating license free (more generic) named figures. From looking at the link you shared, (I pointed them to Britmodeller.com) this is a fantastic gateway to reaching customers, feedback and interest. Would you be willing to compile a list of what you and your fellow modelers would want to see us to create in terms of figures for military across all eras that would be commercial? This would help both us bring figures into a fantastic 'untapped' market. I have bought about 30 of their figures so far. They also have a facility to join for a subscription, of £7pm. which gives you five figures to download each month which, to me, is well worth the outlay. The company is based here in Bristol, a plus side is that they also have a 3D scanner room. Customers can visit, bring their own period clothing, uniform or Klingon outfit and have themselves scanned for a 3D model of themselves (very similar to the period photographs we could get taken). I have left the name of the company until the end, mainly in the hope that members will read down as far as this line! They may already be known to some of you, they are called Modelu. Could you please poll the membership to see what subjects they would like Modeluto consider in their future releases? As per their request, could any members interested in this venture. please let me know what would be ideal subjects for 3D printed figures? I have already provided Modelu with details of one survey and that is listed below: I had a chat with some model club members last night, about ideas for non-railway figures, and the overwhelming response was pilots and aircraft maintainers. Just like railway settings, both civilian and military aircraft need pilots that are outside the aircraft plus maintainers around the aircraft. I was told that virtually all model kit producers, including Airfix, provide a seated pilot in a very unrealistic pose. Very few models are built in the flying position and, as such, the pilot is usually outside the aircraft checking paperwork with the maintainer. Pilots and aircraft maintainers, as they cover a very large subject base: pre-WW1 - flying clubs, pilots with the long silk scarf etc. WW1 - leather jackets, helmets and goggles interwar - back to flying clubs and the early days of airliners. Tiger Moths, Dragon Rapides and the like. Passengers similar to railway figures. WW2 - Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster pilots and maintainers. Similar to WW1 but with Mae West lifejackets Korean War - first jet aircraft, pilots wearing crash helmets and oxygen masks. Postwar - civilian airliners with pilots wearing suits and caps, although caps weren't worn whilst in the cockpit, just a headset. Military pilots in anti-gravity suits and hard helmets and slide over visors. Helicopter pilots - different flying clothing and seating arrangements. both civilian and military. Here is a downloadable copy of the 2022/23 catalogue. Information about their downloadable STL subscriptions. I have no other connection with Modelu, other than being a very satisfied customer. cheers, Mike
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